I always think it's best to let it take it's time unless there is a reason to rock and roll the keg around.....
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Dean, what happened to make you this passionate against the Vittles Vault? Did grain spoil on you? I've had a good experience with mine thus far.
Same here. I have 1 for 2-row and 1 for pilsner. I will probably pick up another for Maris Otter in the future.
Vittles Vaults seem thinner than buckets and they are not going to stop a rodent that will chew plastic. Those crappy Gamma-Seal lids they use also don't seal like people want to think they do. If you do get the tiny seal in the spin-on lid to seal the one between the lid mount and the vessel will usually be leaky. Been there with these, and they are mostly hype. Unless you just have to have a square vessel to fit a certain space, buy buckets with o-ring lids (very common), or metal containers (for rodent issues) and use liners that you can seal. Trash bags work well actually for inside any larger bucket. You can buy a lot of good buckets for the price of a Vittles Vault.
Regular bucket lids with o-rings are much more reliable, cheaper and easier. I gave away two of the overpriced Vittles Vaults as I think they are of limited use, and still own one to remind me not to buy gimmicks again :-)
I think iodine tests are useful and brewers should know how to do them correctly to troubleshoot mash conversion issues: http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Iodine_Test
Old guy on the Moonshiners show last night stuck his finger in the mash and held it up in the wind. He said if it's not sticky when it dries, it's ready.
I'd think it should be sticky from the sugars. Seems like if it's not sticky it hasn't converted.
Didn't know where the blue cooler comments were coming from until I did a search. I guess I'll have to pay extra for the blue, or my whole future of brewing is doomed to horrible failure
One additional, related question: can a thermometer be installed into a rectangular cooler (the way I've seen in the round ones)? I would think that would be a problem, just given the size of the cooler. If so, how? If not, is the only alternative to periodically check the temp?
Thanks again for all the help. It's nice to know that there are so many helpful people around here.
i have never done an iodine test. from other threads i am not sure it is all that worthwhil
Yea, good thing he started at 68F because with the "volcanic" fermentation, it was probably hovering around 76F as it was!
No, I have a Thermowell sitting in the middle of the fermenting wort. That is what controls the temperature. I hop doing it the way I did, I won't get too many fusels going.